I have installed Mint 9 on my Dell Inspiron n3010 and it does seem to recognize neither my network nor my wireless card. As such, I have no access to internet unless I boot Windows.
Any idea how to handle this?
holy fuck back to windows
No, that didn't work me.
When I rebooted, my wired internet was still not working...
What have I done wrong ?
Yash, frankly I no longer remember all the details but try the advice from http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=9449490 and let me know how it goes. Then,if you have a functional network card download the wifi driver and run it (see below)
Faiz,I am away from my laptop but if you go to the Dell website and provide them with your service number the site will provide you a list of compatible Windows drivers. Just try everything with wifi in it.
Hey, I'm having the same problem on my Dell laptop.
Could you please explain how you manged to resolve your problem ?
Thanks in advance...
I got it. I used this solution (http://linuxwireless.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6) for nerwork while for wifi I manually found the inf file after unpacking the windows driver on the dell site and double-clicked it to run in terminal.
Andy I'm glad to hear that you found a way to use your wireless as well as your network. I have the exact same dell n3010 and have been facing the same problem as yours. Could you tell which driver on dell site did you download?
OK, so i tried something similar to this:
"It will say searching for hardware drivers. Then when it comes up click on your wireless driver which I am assuming it is the Broadcom STA wireless driver."
Only that, since I cannot connect to anything via cable I made a print-screen of the error message and downloaded the drivers manually from ubuntu.com from a different system.
now the driver manager says:
"These package contains Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA wireless driverfor use with Broadcom's BCM4311-, BCM4312-, BCM4321-, andBCM4322-based hardware.
and then below
"drivers activated but not in use" (see http://imgur.com/EhEkR.png).
I would guess the reason I am not able to use my wireless driver is because i have no network capabilities in the first place (the other half of my problem)
did you tried http://sourceforge.net/projects/ndiswrapper/
can you try this method
All you need to is find the Windows wireless driver .inf file somewhere on your hard disk. And that's it. The long manual configurations are no longer needed. That's it.
or open a terminal: Some reported that making audio louder has fixed wifi
sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-alsa-lucid-generic
sudo kate /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
options snd-hda-intel model=basic
possible this, It should work regardless of the distribution.
follow the instruction in the txt file
Try this open up a terminal and type
sudo apt-get update
Then let that run then when connected with an ethernet cable to your router go to
It will say searching for hardware drivers. Then when it comes up click on your wireless driver which I am assuming it is the Broadcom STA wireless driver.
Click on it and on the bottom right of the box there will be a button that says activate. It is very important that you are connected to your router with an ethernet cable so that you can download the driver and it will activate it once it is downloaded and you will be able to use your wireless.
go into Synaptic Package Manager and search for "broadcom". After reinstalling those drivers, reboot, and the system will find the wireless drivers with no problem.
The Dell™ 2.4/5 GHz WiFi Link 5100 Wireless-N Half-Height Mini-Card is an ideal solution for your wireless networking requirements. It supports 802.11a/b/g modes as well as 802.11 draft n networks
Thanks ha14. I do not have a dial-up connection to the Internet. I have a cable connection to which I normally connect via wireless (if needed i can plug in a cable however).
start a terminal session, then type: iwconfig or ifconfig you might see something like: eth0 (this is your ethernet port) lo (this is your local loopback) and possibly wlan0 (this will be your wireless card).
Identify the modem with the ScanModem tool or wvdialconf.
Download, configure and install driver. If needed, it's often more economical to buy an easy one.
Configure the dial-up connection to your provide
I guess this makes sense...
Atheros AR8152 PCI-E Fast Ethernet controller
DW 1501 Wireless-N WLAN Half-Mini Card
Microsoft Virtual Wi-fi miniport adapter
Broadcom Virtual Wireless adapter
Hope I am giving the right knfo
for users of your Dell Inspiron model this might be obviousl, but for everyone else, could you please specify the network card in your computer? Thank you.